Presenter Information

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Elias Brasil de Souza, Ph.D.

serves as an Associate Director of the Biblical Research Institute at the General Conference World Headquarters. Previously he served as church pastor in the Southern Brazil Union and professor of Hebrew, biblical studies, and dean of the Theological Seminary at Northeast Brazil College in Bahia. He holds a BA and MA in theology from the Latin American Adventist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Old Testament exegesis and theology from Andrews University. His main areas of interest are Sanctuary, Hermeneutics, and Hebrew language. He has authored, co-authored, and published several academic publications in English and Portuguese. His is married to Magela Meire and they have two sons.

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Merlin D. Burt, Ph.D.

is the founding director of the integrated Center for Adventist Research at Andrews University.  He is also director of the White Estate Branch Office and professor of Church History at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. He has been with the Ellen G. White Estate for 22 years, first at the Loma Linda Branch Office and then at Andrew University.

He has published many articles and chapters and has served as a speaker, editor, and organizer of various conferences and symposiums. In 2011 he authored Adventist Historical Places: New York and New England and is editor of the recently published book Understanding Ellen White for the Ellen G. White Estate.

Previous to his academic and administrative appointments he served as a pastor in Ohio and California in the United States.  He and Sarah, his wife of 36 years, have two adult sons and a daughter in college.  They also have two beloved grandchildren.  His hobbies include collecting Adventist related materials and woodworking. He has a passion that Seventh-day Adventists connect an understanding of God’s leading in the past to a personal living Christian experience.

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Michael W. Campbell, Ph.D.

is assistant professor of Historical/Theological Studies at the Adventist International Institute for Advanced Studies (AIIAS) in Silang, Cavite, Philippines. Prior to this he was a pastor in Colorado and Kansas for five years. Born in Texas to Canadian parents he studied theology and history at Southern Adventist University before he obtained graduate degrees at Andrews University. He has published numerous articles in scholarly and denominational periodicals including work as assistant editor of The Ellen G. White Encyclopedia (Review and Herald, 2013). He blogs actively at http://www.adventisthistory.org. He is married to Heidi Olson and they have two children, Emma (age 7) and David (age 5). He enjoys camping, gardening, bird watching, along with helping Adventurers and Pathfinders.

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Richard M. Davidson, Ph.D.

is J. N. Andrews Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.  He has been with the Andrews faculty since 1979.

Born in California, Davidson attended Loma Linda University, Riverside, California, graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology.  Two years later he earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University.  He also received his doctorate in Biblical Studies at Andrews in 1981.  His doctoral dissertation was titled “Typological Structures in the Old and New Testaments.”

Davidson has presented over seventy scholarly papers at professional meetings, and has written numerous articles for refereed journals and Adventist denominational papers, as well as various chapters in scholarly books.  Additional publications include the following books: Typology in Scripture (Andrews University Press,1981),  A Love Song for the Sabbath (Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1988), In the Footsteps of Joshua (Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1995), Biblical Hermeneutics (in Romanian; Editura CARD, 2003), Flame of Yahweh: Sexuality in the Old Testament (Hendrickson Publishers, 2007), and (co-authored with Leonard Brand) Choose You This Day: Why It Matters What You Believe about Creation (Pacific Press, 2013).

He is married to Jo Ann Mazat Davidson who also teaches at the Theological Seminary.  They have a daughter, Rahel, and a son, Jonathan.  Davidson enjoys backpacking, mountaineering, cross-country skiing, and tennis.

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Denis Fortin, Ph.D.

is professor of theology at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. Since joining the Seminary faculty in 1994, Fortin has served also as director of the Master of Divinity program (1999-2001), associate dean (2000-2004), chair of the Department of Theology and Christian Philosophy (2006) and, until recently, dean (2006-2013).

Born in Quebec City, Canada, Fortin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in pastoral ministry from Canadian University College, Alberta, in 1982. He earned a Master of Divinity from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary of Andrews University in 1986 and a Doctor of Theology (PhD) from the Université Laval, Quebec, in 1995. His dissertation studied the developments of three Adventist denominations in Canada in the nineteenth century. Prior to coming to Andrews University, he served as a pastor in the Quebec Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He currently serves as associate pastor of the One Place Fellowship on the campus of Andrews University.

He is involved in a number of scholarly societies among them the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Society of Church History, the Adventist Theological Society, the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.  He has served on numerous committees for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and on the Commission on Faith and Order of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.

Fortin has authored a number of publications on Adventist history and theology. He is co-editor of the Ellen G. White Encyclopedia (Review and Herald, 2013) and in 2004 he published Adventism in Quebec: The Dynamics of Rural Church Growth, 1830-1910 (Andrews University Press).

Fortin is married to Kristine Knutson, director of the Student Success Center at Andrews University. Their children are Mark, Erika, Kimberly and her husband, Andrew Fish.

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Rodrigo Galiza, MDiv

is a PhD student in the Department of Church History  in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. His doctoral research deals with the agents of impurity in the Temple as described in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Church Fathers. He has done some work in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2013-2014). Since 2014, he teaches and translates courses on Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament and Geography of the Bible into Portuguese  for e-teachergroup (an Israeli based company with students from all the world).

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Frank M. Hasel, Ph.D.

is the dean of the theology department and the director of the Ellen G. White Study Center at Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen (Austria). He has been a member of the Biblical Research Committee of the Inter-European Division (EUD) since 1995. Born in Southern Germany he received his theological training in Germany, England, and the U.S.A., where he earned a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Andrews University in 1994. His dissertation dealt with the use of Scripture in Theology and is entitled: Scripture in the Theologies of W. Pannenberg and Donald G. Bloesch: An Investigation and Assessment of its Origin, Nature and Use (Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang, 1996). He is an ordained pastor and began his teaching ministry in the area of Systematic Theology and Biblical Hermeneutics at Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen in 1998. He has published widely in scholarly journals, books, Bible Dictionaries and Encyclopedias such as the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, The Ellen G. White Encyclopedia, The Lexham Bible Dictionary and the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception.

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Chantal Klingbeil & Gerald Klingbeil

enjoy team-teaching and are passionate about young people in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Gerald, originally from Germany, serves currently as an Associate Editor of the Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines and is also a Research Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He holds a D.Litt. degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and over the past two decades has served as professor in many different Adventist universities in South America and Asia. Chantal, born and raised in South Africa, serves in the Ellen G. White Estate as an Associate Director and is an engaging speaker and author. She holds a M.Phil. degree in Linguistics from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and focuses in her work upon children, youth, and young adults. She has worked as high school teacher, university professor, home school mom, author, and editor. Gerald and Chantal have presented many seminars internationally on topics such as biblical interpretation, spiritual growth, the joys and pain of parenting and many more. Their three teenage daughters, Hannah, Sarah, and Jemima keep them on their toes and flexible.

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Jud Lake, Th.D., D.Min.

is Professor of Preaching and Adventist Studies in the School of Religion at Southern Adventist University, where he has taught since 1997. He is a contributor to the Ellen G. White Encyclopedia, and author of numerous articles on preaching and Ellen White studies, including the books Ellen White Under Fire (2010) and A Nation in God’s Hands: The Civil War Visions of Ellen G. White (2015), both published by Pacific Press. He also maintains the website: http://www.ellenwhiteanswers.org.

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Theodore N. Levterov, Ph.D.

comes originally from Bulgaria. He is the director of the Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office and an Assistant Professor in the School of Religion at Loma Linda University, California. Previously he has worked as a pastor in his native country of Bulgaria and in the USA. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Newbold College, England, an M.Div. and a Ph.D. in Religion with emphasis on Adventist history from Andrews University, Michigan. He has authored articles and several book chapters related to the history of Seventh-day Adventism and Ellen G. White. Currently he is working on a book exploring the Adventist Heritage of Health. He is married to Tsvety Levterova and they have three sons.

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Larry Lichtenwalter, Ph.D.

is a husband, Dad, preacher, pastor, systematic theologian with a New Testament emphasis, and author.  He currently serves as Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology at Middle East University in Beirut, Lebanon and is Chair of the Faculty’s Department of Islamic and Arabic Studies.  He is active in the classroom where he regularly brings his ethics specialty as a resource for understanding the theology, New Testament, and Islamic Studies courses which he teaches.   Through the years Larry has been involved in theological training and mentoring in many places of our global Adventist work–teaching in areas of Ethics, Professional Ethics, Theology, New Testament studies, the Book of Revelation, Islamic Studies, Approaches to Muslims, etc.  He is regularly invited for camp meetings and other inspirational contexts for speaking to non-academic adult audiences on the deeper and very relevant aspects of our biblically informed Adventist faith.  Larry is General Vice President of the Adventist Theological Society and a member of the GC BRI Ethics Committee.  He and his wife Kathie have five sons: Erich, Ehren, Ethan, Evan and Steaven (deceased).

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Kenneth Logan, D.M.A.

is Professor of Music at Andrews University, in organ, church music and music composition, among other areas. He serves as Minister of Music/Organist of Pioneer Memorial Church, the university church. He also taught at Walla Walla College (Washington) and Canadian Union College (Alberta). His Doctor of Musical Arts degree (organ performance) is from The University of Michigan (1992). A published composer, his compositions have been heard on Sing for Joy (St. Olaf College, June 2011 and June 2014: “Go!”) and PIPEDREAMS (American Public Media, September 2011: “Ground Zero Calvary”).

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Jiri Moskala, Th.D.

is professor of Old Testament exegesis and theology and dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary on the campus of Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He joined the faculty in 1999.Born in Cesky Tesin, Czech Republic, Moskala received a master of theology in 1979 and a doctor of theology in 1990, all from the Comenius Faculty of Protestant Theology (now Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University), Czech Republic. His dissertation was entitled: “The Book of Daniel and the Maccabean Thesis: The Problem of Authorship, Unity, Structure, and Seventy Weeks in the Book of Daniel (A Contribution to the Discussion on Canonical Apocalyptics)” and was published in the Czech language.In 1998, he completed his doctor of philosophy from Andrews University. His dissertation is entitled: “The Laws of Clean and Unclean Animals of Leviticus 11: Their Nature, Theology, and Rationale (An Intertextual Study)” and has been published under the same title.Prior to coming to Andrews, Moskala served in various capacities (ordained pastor, administrator, and teacher) in the Czech Republic. At the end of 1989, after the Velvet Revolution when the Communist regime fell, he established the Theological Seminary for training pastors and became the first principal of the institution.

Dr. Moskala has served as a speaker in many important Bible conferences and Theological symposia in all thirteen divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and has lectured in many leading SDA universities and colleges around the world.

He is a member of various theological societies (Adventist Society for Religious Studies, Adventist Theological Society, Chicago Society of Biblical Research, Society of Biblical Literature, and Society of Christian Ethics). Dr. Moskala has authored or edited a number of articles and books in the Czech and English languages. In addition, he has participated in several archaeological expeditions in Tell Jalul, Jordan.

Dr. Moskala enjoys listening to classical music, visiting art and archaeological museums, hiking, swimming in the world’s crystal-clear waters, and reading books on a variety of topics.

He is married to Eva Moskalova. They have five grown children (Andrea, Marcela, Petra, Daniel, and David), three sons-in-law (Michael, Jonathan, and Grigoriy), one daughter-in-law (Katie), two granddaughters (Zasha and Luccia), and two grandsons (Grigoriy IV and Darius).

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Ekkehardt Mueller, Th.D., D.Min.

is a native of Germany. He and his wife Geri, a music teacher and adjunct professor at Washington Adventist University, have two sons. The older is an ordained minister and a Th.D. candidate at Andrews University. The younger leads out in the communication department of the Southeastern California Conference. Ekkehardt Mueller worked as a pastor for sixteen years before being elected ministerial secretary and director of the education department of the South German Union. In this capacity he was also responsible for the continuing education of pastors and lectured in various places and countries. Being called to serve as the Ministerial Secretary of the Euro-Africa Division located in Switzerland, part of his assignment on division level was to chair the Biblical Research Committee of that division. In 1997 he accepted the call to come to the Biblical Research Institute of the General Conference where he now serves as deputy director. He has written numerous articles and several books, taught in many places around the globe, and holds Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) and Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) degrees from Andrews University.

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Dwight Nelson, D.Min.

has served as lead pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church of Seventh-day Adventists on the campus of Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan) since 1983, and is an adjunct professor for preaching in its theological seminary.

He is the speaker for the weekly radio and television program, “New Perceptions,” and hosts the telecast, “The Evidence.”

Among the books he has authored are Outrageous Grace, The Eleventh Commandment, Creation and Evolution and his most recent book, The Chosen.

He is married to Karen Oswald Nelson and they have two married children, Kirk and Kristin, and one beautiful new granddaughter Ella.

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James Nix

is Director of the Ellen G. White Estate, General Conference.  He has written several books and articles on the history of our church.  In 1981 he helped establish, and currently chairs, the board of Adventist Heritage Ministry that operates four Adventist heritage sites, including Historic Adventist Village in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Elder Nix is married to Mindi, a middle school teacher at Spencerville Adventist Academy.  He has one daughter, Shannon.

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John W. Reeve, Ph.D.

is Assistant Professor of Church History at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He teaches primarily early church, middle ages and reformation history. John is also editor of Andrews University Seminary Studies and co-author of a book on The Trinity. John’s doctoral dissertation focused on the theological anthropology of Theophilus of Antioch and the shift in the understanding of the human soul and judgment in late second century Christianity. John has worked as youth pastor, camp director, and as a baker. He enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, and bird watching. John’s wife, Teresa L. Reeve, PhD, is Assistant Professor of New Testament in the Seminary in Berrien Springs, MI where they live with their tirteen-year-old daughter Madeleine.

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Angel Manuel Rodríguez, Th.D.

is the retired Director of the Biblical Research Institute. He was elected as Director of the Institute beginning January 1, 2002 until his retirement in June 2011. He also served as an associate director beginning in 1992.  Born in Puerto Rico, he has served as president of Antillian College and academic vice president of Southwestern Adventist University.  He is a member of the American Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion.  He is the author of several books and has a column in Adventist World.

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Ranko Stefanovic, Ph.D.

is Professor of New Testament at the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University.  He earned a doctorate degree from Andrews University in 1995 in the area of the New Testament with an emphasis on the book of Revelation.  Prior to joining the faculty at Andrews University, he served for eighteen years as an ordained SDA minister in his home country of what used to be Yugoslavia. He taught and chaired the Department of Religious Studies, Canadian University College from 1996-1999 as well as the Department of Religion, Andrews University from 1999-2009 when he moved to the SDA Theological Seminary. He is a recipient of several awards for excellence in teaching; in 2013, he was awarded with J.N. Andrews Medallion by Andrews University for his contribution to the church in the area of scholarship and service to the church and the university.

Stefanovic specializes in the book of Revelation; he is an author of numerous scholarly and professional articles. Additional publications include the following books: The Background and Meaning of the Sealed Book of Revelation 5 (Andrews University Press, 1996);  Revelation of Jesus Christ (Andrews University Press, 2002, 2009), a very popular 670-page commentary on Revelation, which is the standard textbook in many Adventist colleges and universities; and his most recent book is Plain Revelation: A Reader’s Introduction to the Apocalypse (Andrews University Press, 2013). His lectures on Revelation are featured in a long running series on 3ABN television network. He is a sought-after speaker and lecturer at symposiums, seminars, workers meetings, camp meetings, and various gatherings across the globe. He and his wife Estera have two grown children.

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Alberto R. Timm, Ph.D.

is a specialist in the development of SDA doctrines and theology. Born in a German-Pomeranian colony in the south of Brazil, Timm worked as a district pastor (1982-1985); Director of the Brazilian Ellen G. White-SDA Research Center (1986-2007); Dean of the Graduate School of Theology, São Paulo Adventist University College (2006-2007); and Rector of the multi-campus Latin-American Adventist Theological Seminary and Spirit of Prophecy Coordinator for the South American Division (2007-2011). He is currently an Associate Director of the Ellen G. White Estate, Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland; and a member of the Biblical Research Institute Committee. He has published extensively in Portuguese, English, and Spanish. He and his wife, Marly L. Timm, have three children: Suellen, William, and Shelley.

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David Trim, Ph.D., F.R.Hist.S.

was born in Bombay, India, to missionary parents and spent his childhood in Sydney, Australia. Educated in Australia and England, he earned a BA in history from Newbold College and PhD in history from King’s College in London. Trim was on the faculty of Newbold College for a decade, and held the Walter C. Utt Chair in History at Pacific Union College. He has also held visiting fellowships at the Huntington Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. A prolific author, Trim has edited or co-edited ten books, and his other publications include over 150 articles and chapters in scholarly journals, popular magazines, and books. He has served as Director of the Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research since 2010.

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Clinton Wahlen, Ph.D.

is an associate director of the Biblical Research Institute (BRI) at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Before coming to the BRI in 2008, he taught New Testament and Greek for eleven years at seminaries in Russia and in the Philippines. He also pastored for seven years in Northern California, where he was converted from atheism. Dr. Wahlen received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University and has authored numerous articles and published several books, including his dissertation, Jesus and the Impurity of Spirits in the Synoptic Gospels (Mohr Siebeck, 2004), the Adult Bible Study Guide on James (2014), and What Are Human Beings That You Remember Them” (BRI, 2015, as editor/contributor). In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, skiing, and running. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he and his wife have a son (recently married) and a daughter.

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Ted N. C. Wilson, Ph.D.

was elected as president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church in July 2010 during the General Conference Session in Atlanta. Born in Takoma Park, Maryland on May 10, 1950, the son of former Adventist world church President Neal C. Wilson and Elinor E. Wilson, Wilson spent part of his childhood in Egypt.

Wilson began his church career as a pastor in 1974 in the Greater New York Conference. He married Nancy Louise Vollmer Wilson, a physical therapist, in 1975. The couple has three daughters: Emille Louise, married to Pastor Kameron de Vasher; Elizabeth Esther, married to Pastor David Wright; and Catherine Anne, married to Dr. Robert Renck. The Wilsons have ten wonderful grandchildren.

Wilson served as an assistant director and then director of Metropolitan Ministries in New York from 1976 to 1981. He went on to serve in the church’s then Africa-Indian Ocean Division, based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, until 1990. There he served as a departmental director and later as executive secretary.

Following his post in West Africa, he served for two years at the Adventist world church’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, as an associate secretary. He went on to accept the position of president of the church’s Euro Asia-Division in Moscow, Russia, which he held from 1992 to 1996.

Pastor Wilson returned to the United States to serve as president of the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Maryland, until his election as an Adventist world church vice president in 2000.

An ordained minister, Pastor Wilson holds a doctor of philosophy degree in religious education from New York University, a master of divinity degree from Andrews University, and a master of science degree in public health from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. In addition to English, he speaks French and some Russian.